This guy hates speaker buzz but loves a caffeine buzz!
A Bushwick sound engineer just opened a coffee shop aimed at music geeks, where industry pros and the people who love them can talk audio artistry over a killer espresso.
“We exist for the sole purpose of serving the music community through information — and through coffee and conversation,” said Danny Garcia, who named his newly-opened First Live coffee shop at Central Avenue and Stanhope Street after a guidebook to New York live music venues he recently released.
First Live is first and foremost a coffee shop, said Garcia, where a skilled crew of baristas pull shots from local roaster Gimme Coffee.
But he hopes it will also become a place where other members of the music community — engineers, producers, and artists — come to chat about their craft, and fans come talk about the bands they love.
Which is to say — anybody is welcome.
“I don’t know anyone who isn’t a fan of music,” said Garcia, who also manages recording studios — one at Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory and another on the distant island of Manhattan. “It’s literally for everybody.”
The venue is appropriately decked out with road cases serving as a counter and a killer stereo system, and will sell professional audio equipment alongside java and Dough doughnuts.
Garcia has also set up a mini studio at the back of the room, which will soon become the set for a live YouTube show where he will interview musicians, techies, and fans, discussing the industry from all angles.
First Live (219 Central Ave. at Stanhope Street in Bushwick).